The NGO: Jan Swasthya Sahayog Supporting AID Chapters & Amount funded: AID Boston: $120,000
‘Phulwaris’ are community-run creches that were started ten years ago by Jan Swastha Sahyog (JSS). The principal goal of the Phulwari program is to combat malnutrition in children between the age group of 0.5-3 years. Since its inception, the Phulwari program has expanded significantly and JSS now runs 86 ‘phulwaris’ across 38 villages with an enrollment of approximately 1200 children. By providing a reliable day-care service to the rural poor, the Phulwari program has not only helped alleviate child malnutrition, but has also solved other social problems like dropping out of older kids from school and staying back of women from work to take care of their infants and even improved the inter-caste social dynamics.
JSS was founded by a group of health professionals in 1998 and is committed to developing a low-cost and effective health program that provides both preventive and curative services in the tribal and rural areas of Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh state in central India. Nearly 200-250 leprosy cases are seen at the Ganiyari Clinic per year.
Support for priority medical equipment needs at Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS)
About 1500 villages inhabited by 300,000 people are directly impacted by JSS's work.
JSS was founded by a group of health professionals in 1998 and is committed to developing a low-cost and effective health program that provides both preventive and curative services in the tribal and rural areas of Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh state in central India.
Feb 2010: I am this week concluding a one month's visit to Jan Swasthya
Sahyog / JSS (The People's Health Support Group) in Chhattisgarh, a
state in Central India.
I write to you now because JSS, which serves the most
destitute of India, is critically short-staffed and volunteer
opportunities abound. (I personally will return in July 2010 to assist
with a documentation project, based on personal histories, on how
poverty and ill-health interact, each re-enforcing the other.) -- Dr Jonathan E. Fine, M.D., M.P.H., Boston. Read Dr Fine's full note and interview of JSS's Dr Yogesh
Since 2005, more than 3 lakh tribals have been displaced from Bijapur and Dantewada districts of Chhattisgarh. Facing starvation, harassment and brutality in Salwa Judum camps, many thousands have fled the state. In 2008, the Supreme Court ordered the state to implement the National Human Rights Commission's recommendation to facilitate safe return and rehabilitation, compensate for damages and restore democratic rights. Some families returned to Nendra in 2008 and several hundred more followed in 2009. AID supported ASDS to provide relief as well as efforts to rehabilitate displaced tribal families of Chhattisgarh by providing safe transport and support for returning to their homes, resuming their livelihoods and demanding government services. In the first six months 400 families have returned. Read brief report.
Vanvasi Chetana Ashram, a Gandhian organization working in Dantewada since 1992 has taken up works essential for survival, development
and dignity of the tribal people in Dantewada and Bijapur. Why is the state attacking them?